The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of goaltender Gerald Coleman from Springfield for this afternoon's game against the Lowell Devils. Coleman started the game for Springfield (in progress) allowing Jonathan Boutin the night off after starting in Friday and Saturday night's victories. Rookie Karri Ramo is expected to be returned to Springfield early in the week.
Dusty Collins had an assist in Northern Michigan's 5-2 loss to Lake Superior State. He finished with 2 shots and an even rating.
It was Collins' second assist of the season. He also has two goals in 17 games.
There's no box score up online as of yet, but in New England prep school action Salisbury knocked off Williston Northampton 4-2 last night in the school's opener on the road. Salisbury defenseman and Lightning prospect Kevin Quick has committed to the University of Michigan.
Chris Lawrence was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in Mississauga's 4-2 win at Erie.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 4-3 overtime win against Toronto. Bartanus has just 1 goal and 1 point in his last 10 games. He's also -6 over that span.
Vladimir Mihalik had a pair of power play assists in Prince George's 5-4 shootout loss to expansion Chilliwack. The 2 helpers give Mihalik 3 goals and 12 points in 20 games this season, matching the 3 goals and 12 points he put up all of last season in 62 games with Red Deer.
Dane Crowley assisted on the game winning power play goal and was +2 in Swift Current's 6-4 victory against Brandon.
It should never, ever, take 20 minutes and spotting a team a 4 goal lead before this Lightning team plays like they have some pride.
Johan Holmqvist allowed an abysmal 3 goals on 7 shots before giving way to Karri Ramo who allowed 2 goals on 18 shots in his NHL debut. Lightning goals came from Perrin and Lecavalier with assists coming from Richards, St. Louis and Prospal.
The sad and aggravating thing is that the Lightning actually dominated most of the final 40 minutes of this game and finished the game outshooting the Sens 36-25. Had the Lightning showed up to the rink prepared to play from the opening drop, they might've won this game handily. Instead, they had their heads handed to them and they now trail Atlanta by 10 points in the division.
On the prospect side, Ramo looked very sound in his first NHL game. The two goals he allowed he was hung out to dry with the Lightning defense somehow stopping on retrieving in an Ottawa dump in that resulted in a pass in front on a wide open Jason Spezza and then an Antoine Vermette breakaway in the third period. Ramo showed good poise and athleticism and a quick glove, as well as his willingness to play the puck away from his crease. It's a shame Holmqvist didn't look as good as Ramo tonight.
Ottawa 2:47, Patrick Eaves 5 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Ottawa 6:49, Joe Corvo 3 (power play) (Andrej Meszaros, Jason Spezza)
Ottawa 8:06, Antoine Vermette 10 (Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer)
Ottawa 16:21, Jason Spezza 12 (Chris Kelly, Christoph Schubert)
Ottawa 13:16, Antoine Vermette 11 (Peter Schaefer, Tom Preissing)
Game sheet from NHL.com.